The latest citadel-based scam sweeping highsec is the disabled dropbox scam! I’d like to provide everyone details on how to pull this off so that the enormous revenue it generates is available to all. Per the GM staff, this mechanic is not a bug and therefore abusing the crap out of it is not an exploit.
Set up a raitaru, don’t power up any modules, and don’t allow any public access. Alternatively you can allow public access until your first contract is accepted. Yeah, that’s the ticket! That’ll be great! Now create any number of public courier contracts with a generous reward and collateral. Make your structure the destination. Disregard the idea that being able to make an undeliverable contract in the first place is asinine - that’s not an impediment here.
Now watch the working-as-intended mechanic make you money. Haulers accept the generously rewarded contract, safe in the knowledge that the dropbox feature allows them to deliver regardless of structure status.
But no! In their wisdom, CCP have deemed the dropbox to be a service low power citadels in structure don’t offer, without actually ever documenting that fact. So, the poor hauler arrives at your raitaru, dithers around a bit, and then flies off to make a ticket, after which a GM will tell him he’s screwed, because the devs are on your side. This is emergent content and dynamic world building.
Seriously, CCP, what’s the point of a dropbox if it can be circumvented for profit?
Full disclosure: I lost a few billion to this ingenious scam. I’ve recovered those, no lasting harm done. I make the post only to raise awareness, to chide CCP for sloppy design, and to provide some mild entertainment. The one way this won’t ever get fixed is to bury it, so I figured I’d try the opposite tack.